Humbly crawling across the bedroom floor on my hands and knees -my lower back in severe spasms, I was forced to learn the meaning of real patience last week (not my strongest suit I'm loathe to admit) and true empathy for those who deal with health challenges. (In real estate parlance: I've got a "rotated foundation!" )
My oft-chided husband has suffered from recurring back problems for years and sadly, I never quite got it (feigned sympathy at best). Stepping into his shoes, or more accurately - slipping into his loafers (the shoe of choice for chronic sufferers) I finally understood why it's so tough for him to unload the dishwasher, nearly impossible to move the laundry and completely unrealistic to expect those same loafers to ever get picked up off the floor (light bulb moment)!
All these years, I thought he was "artfully dodging" these household responsibilities just to purposely irritate me when the truth is - my husband simply can't bend at the waist (and I thought I had it rough.)
Now that I'm on the mend (thanks to Piedmont Chiropractor, Dr. Alan Davis - my new best friend) the wise doctor is admonishing me to "slow down and have patience," when he knows that my natural inclination is to quickly move into overdrive to make up for the "down time."
With heavy rainstorms that have left my property in tatters, and an eager client list that is anxious to find a home, there is plenty of work to be done - both here at The GRUBB Co. and at my own humble abode. Having finally committed to the market, most of my buyers want to see results right away - and why shouldn't they?
And believe me, I want to deliver their next home to them in quick time. But the simple truth is that with a little patience and good diligence, you will have many more choices as we move further into the Spring Market (which typically hits AFTER Super Bowl weekend). New listings are already growing each day and inventory is on the rise here in Piedmont, Berkeley, Montclair, Rockridge and Crocker Highlands. AND I suspect we will see much more with each passing week - as is typical for this time of year.
I am religiously touring every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, YOU are prioritizing Sunday Opens (good job) and we are both scouring the Internet on a daily basis. I feel confident that together, we will find the right home for you in the right time. Remember, this is a collaborative process that often requires time; we need not only identify the right home, but the right community as well, the right schools, the right commute, the right location . . . (you get the picture).
In the meantime, use this opportunity (UP time, not down time) to solidify your mortgage options, to clear up any outstanding debts, to begin purging your household and to refine your "wish list" as appropriate. If you have a house to sell on your end, look at it with a critical eye and address any potential hurdles that prospective buyers might object to so that you can quickly bring your current residence to market should you find your next home - sooner, rather than later. (That's the dance - being patient enough to wait for the right house to emerge, yet prepared to charge the minute it does!)
Have faith, your next home is out there and it is waiting for you. With diligence, patience and preparation, I feel confident that we will find you the right property and I can attest to the fact that good things truly do come to those who wait. (I can almost tie my shoes now - Oh joy!)
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 17 years and has published more than 650 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.